So another Premier League race begins with Everton already stuttering at the start. Yesterday’s 1-0 loss at home to QPR has been difficult for many fans to digest.
Isolated, the defeat did not present any gulf in class, as Everton were unlucky. According to Opta Stats, they registered 14 shots to QPR’s four, whipped in 28 crosses to QPR’s five and were the superior passers, with a 75 percent completion rate.
Yet being the first game of the season, and coming after a tumultuous week in which the club have had their financial perils illuminated, the result was paramount for fans. Supporters craved a soothing win to blanket over the club’s now transparent cash crisis. Unfortunately, it did not transpire.
The frank reality is that this season will test fans, the players, David Moyes and the club as a whole. Moyes has already tried to quash expectations, stating how a top 10 finish may not be reachable this year. That seems a tad dramatic when the squad used yesterday is fully dissected. However, Everton are in a scrap this season, and they need everyone pushing in the right direction.
Here are five talking points to debate, all triggered by yesterday’s setback.